Friday, October 4, 2013

Obama Administration Spends to Avoid No Spending

Barrycades are popping up throughout the DC region. NPS is putting fences at road crossings and comically blocking trail access points in open park areas. Locals are laughing at the impositions all the while walking, running, biking or rolling around the barriers and pushing the barriers asunder, even though busting a barrier is now a capital crime in the District of Columbia.
The Obama administration attempts to shut down DC to bike riders.
The Weekly Standard pictured the NPS reinforcement of barriers surrounding the open air plaza at the WW II memorial earlier this week.  While adverse publicity has forced Obama's OMB (orders issue from OMB which is the president's operational arm) and DOI thugs to cut off the plastic ties, the picture exposes the absurdity of putting up the barriers in the first place.  

Weekly Standard picture of RentACades
Lack of funding is the excuse for blocking off the WW II Memorial. But as I've noted, the Memorial is open air plaza, not normally staffed, a place with steps and pillars designed for walking around. Volunteers are there virtually around the clock to answer questions and help visitors -- not salaried park rangers.  So when the Obama administration runs out of money, what does it do?  It leases protection.  The Barrycade is a RentACade -- dial 888-276-2618 or go to  NPS is paying a vendor to supply materials to block off a site where access is costless.  That's presidential spite for you. “It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

Meanwhile, open space abutting the WW I DC Memorial, around the corner and down Independence Avenue from the WW II Memorial, remains unbarricaded.

File picture of DC Veterans WW I Memorial on Independence Avenue
The last living WW I veteran died a couple years back at age 110 -- no living infirm visiting veterans for the Obama administration to block.

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